Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Deliver what you promise

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In one of the Facebook groups I follow, Accurascale UK posted a survey to fill in to say what you wanted to see in the way of ready to run. At the end it said “what should we do to stand out from our competitors?”

I replied “deliver what you say you will deliver and when you say you will, and if you don’t then at least give regular updates”. Usually I don’t sit around waiting for new models but I see the chuntering of many, particularly recently with the Bachmann and Heljan 009 offerings. However the other day I was on the receiving end of such a thing. Ages ago I ordered a GWR Flying banana in post war Livery. Then the other day I got an email saying the model wasn’t going to be produced. No explanation given. Just that it’s not happening. To be frank that isn’t good enough. You can’t promise something for a year and then pull the plug on it with no reasoning. So to me, that is the key the requirement.

If you want to do the survey, it’s here:

If you’re interested what else I wrote, here it is:

What locos would like to see?

15xx – the sales of the K’s kit suggests it would sell well

Saint – the Hornby one is terrible and with Lady of Legend on the way isn’t it about time we had an accurate one – and how about doing an Atlantic version

009 Double Fairlie – rtr Merddin Emrys or the newer Earl of Merioneth – what’s not to like!

What coaches would you like to see?

GWR Slip coach

GWR articulated set

009 Ffestiniog Barns and super barns

What wagons would you like to see?

Decent Toad – both the Bachmann and Hornby ones are compromises

Any Oddities – I do like a good oddity

Snowdon mountain service truck – impractical but it made up the numbers!

What DMUs would you like to see?

009 / 00-12 County Donegal railcars

GWR twin railcars

009 FR push/pull set – not truly a DMU but how cool would that be!

What EMUs would you like to see?

1938 stock particularly IoW version

Tyne and Wear metro


What accessories would you like to see?

009 stub points

009 working incline

GWR coaling Stage

Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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